General Assembly

2023 General Assembly Session

The Virginia General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days. The 2023 session began on Wednesday, January 11. View the 2023 session calendar →

The Virginia General Assembly moves very fast. PEC will be tracking a number of bills and providing comment throughout session. Please sign up for PEC email alerts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the most recent updates. You can also find copies of our email alerts and action campaigns below.

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PEC’s 2023 Bill Tracker

This widget will be continually updated with legislation we’re tracking this session. You can also follow legislation with Virginia Conservation Network’s bill tracker →

A few past General Assembly highlights:

  • In 2022, PEC worked with Del. Michael Webert to secure the unanimous passage of HB996, a bill that helps prevent the loss of family farms and forest land by ensuring eligible landowners can participate in Virginia’s use-value taxation program. HB996 specifically addresses an issue in existing law that keeps many heirs’ property owners from being able to participate. It took effect July 1, 2022.
  • In 2022, PEC was a lead advocate for SB158 / HB 141, which established the Virginia Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Preservation Fund. This state grant program, allocated five million dollars in its first year, is intended to help preserve and interpret historic structures, cultural landscapes and archeological sites important to underrepresented communities and tribal nations. The application process should launch spring or summer of 2023.
  • HB206, also sponsored by Del. Michael Webert in 2022, addresses a lack of mitigation standards for significant adverse impacts on forested lands and prime agricultural soils when utility-scale solar projects are developed. HB206 established a workgroup, which on Dec. 1 presented a 717-page document discussing 41 proposals for new definitions and processes for implementing regulations. DEQ is looking to reconvene the body to continue its work in 2023.
  • From 2021: Good news! HJ 527, a study resolution we helped draft related to the sale of invasive plants, has passed the house and senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk.
  • Also from 2021: More good news! Our priority land conservation legislation, HB 1760 / SB 1199, which preserves the integrity of all existing conservation easements has passed and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

General Assembly Blogroll:

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Virginia goes all in on data centers: At what cost?

Virginia goes all in on data centers: At what cost?

Send a letter in support of SB 1078 and Senate Joint Resolution 240 ...
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Eyes on Richmond / Call to Support Farmland Protection

Eyes on Richmond / Call to Support Farmland Protection

The Piedmont Environmental Council is tracking a broad array of bills and budget amendments, as well as supporting legislative priorities of partners within the Virginia Conservation Network ...
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Taking on State Law in Defense of Family Farms

It’s reasonable that Mike and Tina Roebuck want to hold on to the 112-acre Madison County farm that’s been in the Roebuck family for nearly 150 years. But a clause in a Virginia state law contained an unreasonable requirement that nearly cost the Roebucks the farm, quite literally. And when ...
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Report from Richmond: The good, the bad from a busy session

PEC's summary of the 2022 Virginia General Assembly session ...
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2022-2024 Virginia Budget Priorities

The 2022-2024 biennium budget is an opportunity to make historic investments in the preservation and enjoyment of Virginia’s natural lands ...
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